Author Archives: sylvia

January 27

Tionana Neno

As I sit here on my homeward bound flight I cannot believe my 6 months in Malawi is now over – I know people said it would pass quickly but really ……..😟 I am feeling so many emotions, sadness at leaving all the new friends I have made, gratitude for all they have shown me […]

January 13

Final weeks in Neno

So coming back after my Christmas break I am now racing towards the end of my assignment in 3 weeks and I cannot believe my 6 months here is coming to a close. There is still so much to do and so little time……! I was lucky enough to be home for Christmas and it […]

December 13

Interview with Emily

I thought it was about time to share with you all, more details about Partners In Heath, the organisation I am volunteering with, here in Malawi and what better way than to talk to the Chief Medical Officer, Emily Wroe at Partners in Health (PIH), Abwenzi Pa Za Umoyo (APZU) A quote from Paul Farmer co-founder of […]

November 25

More adventures in Neno

  More adventures in Neno It has been awhile since my last blog as I have no idea where the time goes here but for somewhere with limited entertainment opportunities and serious lack of utilities, time seems to pass even more quickly than at home My procurement projects have been progressing and if you remember […]

November 05

Further lessons in Africa

I have been extremely lucky to recently visit a Pulse colleague in a neighbouring African country who is working with the same NGO as I am We were both very excited as we were initially due to be deployed together but for various reasons this did not work out and so a very kind invitation […]

October 22

Netball in Malawi 🇲🇼

Sorry I have not posted for a while as time seems to pass so quickly here before you know it another week has gone and it seems my time is well filled – I am not sure what with!! This post is all about my exciting foray into Malawian netball.  For those of you who know […]

September 25

Lake Malawi oh and procurement!

Lake Malawi Sorry but I have been very lax in keeping up my weekly blog but to be honest time passes so quickly here! Work continues to progress with my presentation to the senior management team last Tuesday, regarding the revised procurement policy, going well. There are still some elements to iron out – including […]

September 10

Biggest achievement and biggest disaster!

So this week has seen my biggest personal achievement since landing in Malawi and my biggest disaster! Last Saturday while doing my weekly washing I accidentally dropped my phone in the washing bowl -aaaahhh! In all the time I have had a mobile phone – never so much as a scratch and 5 weeks in […]

September 02

A Malawian wedding and a construction project🏠

Well I am so quickly into my first month here and in some respects it feels like I have been here forever and in others the time has passed so quickly! I can’t believe that I had to go to Blantyre on Thursday to the immigration office to extend my 30 day visa- seems like […]

August 20

Week 3 – Malawian lessons

So week 3 and I feel I am really making headway with my procurement projects. Policy revised and awaiting review, had meetings with key customers to find out about up and coming big procurement projects and starting to help with getting processes and ways of working in place. Other Key highlights this week have been […]

August 13

Week 2 of my Malawian adventure

So this week I am really starting to get going with my procurement project, meeting people and reading up on processes and documents. I am finding the technology & systems very challenging ( not a surprise I hear you say 😀) but everyone is so ready to help that I think I am now up […]

August 06

Muli Bwanji from Malawi

So my first blog from Malawi and I have been here 6 days. My arrival at Chilkea airport on Monday seems a lifetime away as so much has happened. The PIH office in Neno BOMA are a backbreaking 2 hour drive from Blantyre ,the nearest big city, the last hour on the most difficult track […]

July 30

Today’s the day!

Well today has come round so quickly! Last goodbye meals all done and thanks to everyone for the kind and useful gifts Bags packed ( and unpacked and reepacked to try and get them down to the baggage allowance! ) anti -malarials started – so far feel fine although I don’t want to tempt fate😧 […]

July 19

Yippeee I am off to Malawi

Well after a couple of months of challenges I have finally booked my flight to Malawi and am heading off at the end of July to work for 6 months with Partners in Health/Abwenzi Pa Za Umoyo. I will be based in Neno a small rural district in the southern part of Malawi about 2 […]